By Xin Fei
|Apr 22, 2008|
Besieged by problems such as the recent sharp fall of China's stock market and skyrocketing commodities prices, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has instigated sentiments of nationalism to turn the anger of the Chinese public towards Western countries.
As the CNN event developed, the CCP also incited people to boycott Western media that included the BBC and FOX-NEWS. At the same time while mainland Chinese start to boycott foreign merchants such as Carrefour, L'Oreal and Kentucky, etc., overseas Chinese were also gathering to protest against the Western media.
Senior journalist Zhang Weiguo and Guizhou freelance writer Zeng Ning said in their interview with The Epoch Times on April 19 that the CCP had a political objective for inciting the conflict between the Chinese public and Western society—that is to divert attention away from domestic problems it is currently facing and hence break away from both domestic and overseas crises.
They also pointed out that the number of signatures compiled by the CCP did not represent public opinion.
CNN commentator Jack Cafferty and CNN issued formal statements on April 14 and 15, respectively expressing that "a bunch of goons and thugs" in their speech referred to the Chinese regime not the Chinese people, and they apologized to the Chinese. But the CCP Ministry of Foreign Affairs and China's mouthpiece media, Xinhua News Agency, among, others continued to stir up hatred and demanded apologies from CNN again. The CCP even started collecting signatures on the Internet.
Trend editor-in-chief Zhang Weiguo pointed out that, the CCP incited the public to protest against CNN; it looked like a media event but was actually a political event in essence.
Zhang said that after the recent massacre in Tibet, the CCP once again is inciting sentiments of nationalism, using the Chinese public as its shield. The CCP used its inherent weapons of fighting and the mechanism of mobilization to fight against the voice and strength of the international community that is criticizing the CCP's despotic totalitarian authority. This implies that the CCP is trying to get rid of its present predicament and the crisis it is facing.
Recently, the CCP's mouthpiece Xinhua.net downplayed news such as the sharp fall of China's stock market and plummeting real estate prices that had caused suicides and public anger. Instead it repeatedly reported in positive tones that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demanded an apology from CNN and declared that CNN "attempted to create disharmony in the relationship between the Chinese people and the Chinese government."
In response to Cafferty's speech, Zhang Weiguo thought thatfrom a professional journalistic point of view, Cafferty could have been more cautious, but even if the speech was extreme, everyone could see that he meant to criticize human rights in China under the CCP's regime.
"The CCP's propaganda is unilateral and news is censored. If everyone could watch complete CNN and Western media reports, they would have different thoughts."
Additionally, Zhang Weiguo said, "CNN also criticized the White House, but we have never heard that the White House requested an apology. Isn't this a joke."
Guizhou freelance writer Zeng Ning said, "Since the Tibet massacre has brought on the Western society's unanimous condemnation of the CCP's despotic dictatorship, domestic sentiment has also been boiling. Other than using it as an aid to incite the Chinese public's hatred of the Western world and tying the Chinese public to the same battle truck with it to resist the values of Western—democracy, freedom, and human rights—the CCP has no better way to go."
Zeng Ning indicated that, with the economy starting to go down hill in 2008, the Tibet massacre was a sign that is speeding up the demise of the CCP. More than 35 million people have quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, and the human rights torch relay is spreading in mainland China. These are all sounds of justice that is directly advancing the disintegration of the CCP.
Some observers revealed that, to the voices of anti-Western media, some forums said nearly ten thousand people participated but only dozens of messages were shown.
Zeng said that he had also noticed this situation. The CCP has used Internet spies (police) to monitor the network all along, and has deleted BBS articles that did not conform to its benefit. The remaining messages were either messages posted by Internet spies or messages that conform to the CCP's benefit. The so-called number of web users' signatures was inflated or faked. The CCP regime did not represent the Chinese people.
Zhang Weiguo pointed out that those who did not understand the true situation in China might think what the Western media faced was pressure from the Chinese public. The fact was that there has been no real public opinion in China. Various appearances were all instigated and concocted by the CCP.
He added, "Is the kind of craziness from the Cultural Revolution public opinion? Is suppression of Falun Gong public opinion? Is the Tiananmen Square Massacre public opinion? They are not. This so-called public opinion is only a tool and a bargaining chip of the CCP for attacking dissidents."
"Actually there has been no public opinion since 1949."
Zhang also said that the Chinese people's discontent with the Western media was somewhat deceptive. The way one expressed his discontent with the Western media was in agreement with the CCP's taste and political needs, therefore, there was no political risk. Actually, he was venting his discontent with the CCP regime.
In Zhang's opinion, the recent event was a symbolic event to the Western world's understanding of the CCP and the CCP culture. It was a turning point for the Western world's understanding of the CCP's problems.
As to overseas Chinese protesting against Western media, Zhang Weiguo pointed out that the situation was very complicated in the overseas areas where the CCP's managed to mount brilliant united front schemes. In the free environment of the Western world, large numbers of spies were dispatched and pro-CCP groups were organized in the name of overseas Chinese communities or foreign organizations. They said things that were inconvenient for the CCP to directly say, and they did what the CCP wanted but were unable to directly do. This was the CCP's way of presenting a united front and trying to disrupt the influence of Western society.